Is the text on those two spreads threaded to the other text in the file? Deleting pages doesn't delete the the text from a thread unless the entire story is contained on the deleted pages. If not, it just reflows, and you have to also delete the unwnted text manually.
Thanks! Yes, they're threaded. I followed your advice- it worked
This is the sort of thing that would drive me absolutley crazy in a document. Personally, I would break the text into individual stories for each chapter so that editing a chapter only affect the pages in that chapter. Deleting text should leave a hole at the end of cahpter, not move the next one forward by a page, and adding text should force an overset at the end of a chapter rather than push the following text past where it belongs.
To do that, work from back to front. Find the last frame of the second-to last chapter and click on the outport, then click inside the frame, suing the selection tool. The last chapter will "disappear" and you should see the red plus sign indicating the overset. You have broken the thread at that point, but the frames on either side of the break will remain threaded.
Put the text cursor after the last character that belongs in the story, then press Cmd (mac) or Ctrl (Windows) + Shift + End to select the text from that point to the end of the story (You can also work in Story Editor where you can see what you are doing). Cut the selected text, put your cursor in the first empty frame, and paste. The last chapter is now an independent story.
Repeat as required.
This is great advise, Peter. Because yes, it's been driving me crazy too! I have a bunch of revisions to make but I'm going to chop the whole thing up before I make them. Thanks!
I didn't mention it originally because I think users should understand the fundamentals, but Dave Saunders wrote a script to automate this some years back: http://pdsassoc.com/downloads/DivideStory.zip
The script was written for CS, I believe, and though I haven't tried it, I suspect it will run in later versions IF you put it in a subfolder of the scripts folder named "Version 3.0 scripts" (without the quotes).
I didn't mention it originally because I think users should understand the fundamentals,
I feel a little bad about deviating from your pedagogical technique.
But, really, when you have to unlink and relink a few thousand frames, it's nice to have some automation. I don't even use the AutoStitch part of TextStitch, I just use Quick Stitch so I can thread frames with one click per frame instead of
doubleclick frame to get text tool
whack "end" key to get to end of story
insert frame break
change to selection tool
click out port
click next in port
doubleclick frame to get text tool...
But yes, when I teach my coworkers how to thread frames, I tell 'em that TextStitch exists, but I don't install it for them. I make them do a few projects (little ones!) the old-fashioned way before I give 'em the tool that makes it easy.
Don't feel bad.
I posted those links mostly for you, though. I think Dave's script would save you some time...
Wow- who knew that splitting threaded text would be such a cumbersome process. But, thank you because now I know how to do it "the hard way," and then found this awesome script called StorySplitter: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange/index.cfm?event=extensionDetail&loc=en_us&extid=1302 518#. I'll be using the SplitStory script when I get to the point where I need it.